Air quality has been a hot button issue for some time. There are myriad stories in the media, online and just overheard as conversations about the areas of the planet suffering most from the decay in the quality of the air around us. It’s important to know that there are groups concerned about this issue in multiple countries.
Here’s a press release from the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) an organization in the United States that’s taking a stand:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is proposing to update our national standards for ground-level ozone, the scientific name for smog.
Do you have a technology in development to help achieve cleaner, more breathable air for everyone?
Biodiversity funding is needed in all corners of the world as projects are undertaken to improve our planet. The European Commission has made a wonderful announcement for the forward progress of environmental projects within the Falkland Islands. BEST 2.0 (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories) recognizes a need for support of projects on the ground.
The European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid) has two calls for proposals organized in the coming two years, with a total budget of over €6 million for this initiative. The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is the coordinator for the South Atlantic Hub, which includes Ascension Island, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and South Sandwich Isles. Read more detail here:
SAERI is an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. It aims to conduct world class research, teach students, and build capacity within and between the South Atlantic Overseas Territories.Visit the SAERI website www. south-atlantic-research.org for further information.
This story featured in Smithsonian almost brought actual tears to my eyes. While a chocolate flavor crisis is not at the top of most peoples’ minds, my love of that particular food-stuff is unquenchable. Sooo – I thought I’d share this article, as well as links to some of the organizations that are working to keep chocolate chocolatey.
We’ve done a LOT of tinkering with food – chemicals, cloning, grain-free, organic, gluten-free, etc., etc. Undeniably, food shortages remain a CONSTANT source of concern world-wide. “Waste not, want not” are words to live by – but, if foods become “Taste not”, will that lead to ‘want not’, too? That’s the concern of food manufacturers…
What cookery wizardry can you add to the recipe? If you can bring out some new technology that’s safe for the Earth and helps save the flavor of foods, you’re sure to be popular!
Check out these programs dedicated to being “flavor savers”
Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative—a partnership between the FCIA and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.
Wilbert Phillips-Mora is head of the Cacao Genetic Improvement Program at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.